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South Korean Beauty: LANEIGE Winterland Magic Makeup Collection

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I love the South Korean brand LANEIGE! The first time I’ve been introduced to this brand was back in 2012, when my cousin Zhiling offered me this night mask of the brand LANEIGE. She used it almost every night and said I should do too, because in the winter my skin will be more dehydrated. I’m hooked on this night mask (will write about the night mask and more of this brand soon), but since then I loved every LANEIGE product that passed by. So, two months ago..my other cousin Ying went to Singapore. She came back with this holiday makeup gift package! I haven’t used it, because the glitter eye shadow would be perfect for New Years Eve but she came back after.

Today I decided to write a review about the product, this makeup box deserved it haha!

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Package: Shiny and bright!

Package shows: A complete “all you need” winter holiday makeup collection consisting of 3 lipsticks, 4 eye shadows and one brush. (The brush and eye shadow applicator is from good quality)

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Inside are two make up looks that you can create with the eye shadow and lipsticks. Pure Fantasy and Glow fantasy, I will create two looks in this post later but not these ones.

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Three lipsticks in the shades:  Beige Chiffon, Pink Garden and Blonde Coral
The lipsticks are pretty small, so I was wondering if it would be easy to use.

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Four eye shadows: Pearl Light Pink, Pearl Pink, Pearl Coral, Pearl Khaki
I’m not entirely sure if you could see it on my picture, but the eye shadows consist of a lot of glitter. Only the khaki shade has a lot of pigment.  The colors are nice for spring, almost all are pastel shades.

Price: Between 50 and 80 dollars. It depends on which website you go, the makeup cases are still offered online.

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Pink glitter look:
There are many shades of pink, so I wanted to try out a spring look with the pink eye shadows (Pearl Pink and Light Pearl Pink) and beige chiffon lipstick. I used a little bit of the khaki eye shadow. The lipstick is not extreme moisturizing and can feel a bit dry after a few hours. Applying the lipstick was easy though. There were so many glitters that came out of the eye shadow but luckily and miraculously… at the end there were no glitters on the other parts of my face left behind. Like this look with these shades! laneige winterland magic makeup8

Party glitter look:
Only for the night! I used a lot of khaki eye shadows here and noticed that the eye shadows were not the easiest to blend. I’ve used the Light Pink Pearl, Pearl Coral  and Pearl Khaki shades. As you can see there is a big difference between the pink glitter look and the party glitter look because the khaki eye shadow is much more pigmented. I used the lip colour Pearl Coral, I really like the pink color! In the corner of my eye by the tear duct, I’ve used a little bit shiny gold eye shadow (not from the LANEIGE makeup case).
Two party looks created with the LANEIGE Winterland Magic Makeup Collection!

Food: Dim Sum Dishes (part 1)

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Dim Sum (點心) are small Chinese dishes that you could eat in the afternoon. It doesn’t really matter which time in the afternoon you start and drink Chinese tea while eating. A lot of the dishes are from the Cantonese Kitchen and that’s why we call Dim Sum,  Yum Cha as well, which is the Cantonese pronunciation. Literally it means: Drinking Tea. I like to compare  Dim Sum with the British High Tea (also tea with good food) and Tapas (a lot of yummy food). A lot of the dishes are steamed in bamboo baskets.

When I was little I rather drink Cola during Dim Sum, but my mum always insisted that I should drink the healthy tea instead. She would say that drinking this tea would ensure me a smooth skin, so I gladly drink the tea instead of the cola. Actually my mum always did this when I didn’t want to eat or drink something and it helped on short term, because I thought having a smooth skin was important (also as an 8-year old). And the long term effect is that I’m grateful that she pushed me eating and trying new food and drinks. Now I love to eat food from different cultures and trying everything new instead of sticking to the same food the rest of my life.

But let’s get back to why we drink tea with Dim Sum:  This tradition is so old, travelers used to go to Teahouses during their travel on the Silk Road. When people discovered that tea was good for digestion, teahouses offered a lot of different snacks to eat while drinking tea! Tea that are mostly served are: Chrysanthemum tea, Green tea, Oolong Tea and Bo-lei tea.

Because there are so many dishes for Dim Sum, I thought it would be fun to write about some of them now and then. The first seven dished I’ve consumed yesterday will be the first on the list:

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First from left: Radish Cake 蘿蔔糕 (Lo Baak Gou)
Radish Cake is on top of my list when I’m ordering from Dim Sum courts. I love the mix of shredded radish and rice flour. The cake is cut into squares and in Singapore we call this dish Carrot Cake. The difference between the Cantonese variant and the Singaporean one is that in Singapore most of the time the pan fried cake has been cut in small pieces instead of the bigger square. I would like to put a recipe for this radish cake on the blog when I’m trying to make one of these!

Middle:  Zhaliang 炸兩
I eat a lot of youtiao, which is fried dough in Sout East Asia. This dim sum dish is also the same fried dough but with a layer of rice noodle roll around it. Served with soy sauce, we almost never skip this dish during Dim Sum.

Right: Fried pastry with porkmeat inside
Children especially love this dish, simple but tasty, don’t have much more to add on this one.

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Xiao Long Bao 小籠包
Steamed little buns with minced crabmeat and soup inside. They are a kind of dumplings but because there is soup inside, you need to slowly bite a small piece out of the dumpling and suck the soup out of it! Doesn’t sound that attractive right, but just try it!

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Rice noodle rolls 豬腸粉 (chee cheong fun)
We call this dish normally ha cheung, most of the time we eat this with shrimps and roasted pork meat. Can’t skip this dish neither,  the thin rolls are made of rice noodles and it will be tastier when the soy souce is  poured over the rolls.

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Beef stomach: 牛肚 (Niudu)
Beef stomach is smooth and a bit tough to eat sometimes, but prepared in a dim sum dish, the stomach is cut in tiny pieces and easy to consume. There’s always someone in the group during Dim Sum who is going to order this dish, but personally I don’t eat it that much.

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Fried Shrimp and mango rolls
I never eaten this dish in other Dim Sum restaurants… but when I saw this was offered the first time, I defintely wanted to try it. The mix of mango and shrimp is a good one, I can recommend this dish whenever you are in restaurants which serve the mango+shrimp dish.

This was Dim Sum Dishes Part 1, hope it was useful 🙂

Beauty Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick

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Estee Lauder has been one of my favorite brands for skincare, but for makeup I rather seek for other brands. Today I’m testing Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick though and I’m quite curious, let’s start!

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Shade I’m trying: 310 Potent

Package shows: Sculpting lipstick

What the lipstick should do: Create shape, definition and volume. Color stays for 6 hours.

Price: 32 EUR / 30 USD

What my cousin says who’s already used this lipstick before me: The lipstick is very moisturizing and keeps hydrating your lips after a few hours.

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This lipstick itself looks luxurious and casual, I think I prefer this look more then from the other Estee Lauder lipsticks. The cap of the lipstick is magnetic. When I’m applying the lipstick, the lipstick really feels creamy and soft, the shade I’m trying looks a bit nude and peachy. I’m in love with the color! Anyway what happened after 6 hours? I must say that most of the lipstick is still intact on my lips and it doesn’t feel dry at all! Again I really like the shade of the lipstick and I think that if you are looking for a lipstick with soft color shade, this range of Estee Lauder would be a good one to consider.

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Paris

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La cité de l’amour et la lumière (The city of love and light) as the French call it. From Amsterdam, Paris is only a 5-hour drive. It’s an easy drive until you reach the city of Paris. Then everything becomes a blur, as the streets are large and the signs aren’t very clear, especially when your French isn’t that great. And you have to drive aggressively. We got lost many times, but even though the French are known for their arrogance and unkindness, we did get help to find the way.

We stayed in a hotel near la Défense, which was a few metrostops away from the city center. I always use the tube when in Paris, as it is conventient and walking is just too far.

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Of course, the most remarkable building in Paris is the Eiffeltower, which you can see from everywhere in the city. Even from my hotel in the suburb!

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Another favourite is the Sacre Cour. You have to travel all the way up the hill with the cable way which is cool, then climb some stairs to reach the church. The church is beautiful, how do they keep it so white? From up there, you get an amazing view of Paris. On the other side of the church, painters hang out and you can let them paint you a portrait for a small fee.

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My favorite museum in Paris is of course La Louvre. It is so massive, there’s so much to see. My favorite part is of course the crown room. I was looking for the Mona Lisa and found it hanging on a huge white wall with the painting in the middle and a herd of tourists in front of it. The painting was smaller than I imagined it would be but very beautiful. Word of advice: do not try to take a picture of it. It is utmost prohibited and they will confiscate your camera if you even hold it in your hand.

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For shopping, the Champs-Éllysée is fancy and sophisticated if you have a big wallet. Otherwise, it’s nice to stroll around and pass the Arce de Triomph. The Saint-Germain-de-Prés is also a nice place to go shopping or drink a coffee in one of the café’s. I found a nice English bookstore there. And of course, the ultimate shopping center in Paris is La Fayette.

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